10 years ago this month:
- The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for lapses in demeanor while on the bench and for using his judicial letterhead to object to the parole of a prisoner who was the opposing party to a divorce client in his private law practice. Ludwig, Letter of Reprimand (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission April 2, 2008).
- Conditioned on the judge’s agreement to retire and not seek or hold judicial office or judicial assignment, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for egregious and pervasive conduct while presiding over a jury trial in an employment claim that had led the appellate court to reverse the judgment. In the Matter of Brooks, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance April 8, 2008).
- Based on the judge’s admission, the New Hampshire Supreme Court suspended a judge from office for 3 years without pay and censured her for helping her husband protect his assets from creditors and, consequently, impeding the Professional Conduct Committee from collecting attorneys’ fees awarded in disbarment proceedings against him. Coffey’s Case, 949 A.2d 102 (New Hampshire 2008).
- The New Mexico Supreme Court removed a judge from office for adjudicating 24 traffic cases in the defendants’ favor ex parte and without a hearing or taking evidence. Inquiry Concerning Griego, 181 P.3d 690 (New Mexico 2008).
- Accepting an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge following his Alford plea to criminal charges of failing to report to law enforcement authorities information received in his professional capacity regarding the sexual misconduct of a county employee with an inmate. In the Matter of Carter, 662 S.E.2d 597 (South Carolina 2008).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for not obtaining 14 hours of judicial education that he had missed in fiscal year 2005 as previously ordered by the Commission. Public Admonition of Brockwell (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 7, 2008).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for driving while intoxicated and attempting to use his position to escape the consequences of his actions. Public Admonition of Liendo (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 7, 2008).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for creating and posting in public areas in and around the courthouse, or allowing his court staff to create and post, suggestive flyers about an assistant city prosecutor. Public Admonition of Gilbert (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 3, 2008).
- Based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law of the Judicial Conduct Commission, the Utah Supreme Court approved the implementation of the Commission’s public reprimand of a former judge for gambling. In re Serassio, Order (Utah Supreme Court April 16, 2008).